Natural helpers: Needed reinforcements to head off looming suicides of despair
(RNS) — People thinking about suicide often turn to pastors, coaches and teachers first for help. We need to make sure these natural helpers are trained to lend a hand.
Mental illness is hurting Black faith communities. Prayer shouldn’t be our only defense.
(RNS) — African Americans are more likely to go to the altar than go to a therapist. We need to acknowledge that professional help, when combined with prayer and with the comfort of a community of believers, is a gift from God.
Counselor Aundi Kolber shares what it looks like to ‘Try Softer’ during a pandemic
(RNS) — The Colorado-based counselor’s message that it is OK to ‘try softer’ rather than to try harder — or ‘white-knuckle’ one’s way through life, as she puts it — feels especially relevant in the midst of a pandemic.
As depression, anxiety, grief spike during pandemic and protest, churches offer hope, mental health resources
CHICAGO (RNS) — As people across the country deal with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s reckoning over racism, many Christian leaders, organizations and churches are providing resources not only to care for their spiritual and physical health, but also their mental health.
Death of megachurch pastor Darrin Patrick officially ruled a suicide
(RNS) — The cause of death was a gunshot wound and the medical examiner ruled it a suicide, said Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton.
In Minneapolis, a Somali-owned mental health clinic seeks to heal its community
(RNS) — Healing Path Wellness Services in South Minneapolis burned down during protests. But the Somali community the mental health clinic serves needs it more than ever.
There’s an app for that: Christian mindfulness, meditation apps find their moment
(RNS) — Many apps have reported spikes in searches for meditations on fear and anxiety since the pandemic started.
How faith leaders can help the most vulnerable in a lockdown
(RNS) — Important online and telephone support services for people in quarantine with substance use disorders or people in crisis.
The problem of ‘social distancing’ for women who already do too much
(RNS) — Women are at risk for depression even in the best of times — and the uncharted territory we’re now entering is not going to be the best of times.
Faith leaders try to combat stigma of mental illness, suicide
(RNS) — Historically, faith traditions have been reluctant to talk about mental health and categorized suicide as a sin, often leaving survivors and family feeling neglected and hurt. That’s starting to change.
Wheaton mental health summit remembers Jarrid Wilson’s ‘legacy of hope’
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — About 400 ministry leaders filled a sold-out auditorium at the Billy Graham Center for GC2: Facing Hard Truths and Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, focused on the topics of leadership, burnout and mental health.
Wheaton summit examines mental health and wellbeing for clergy
(RNS) — A summit for pastors on ‘leadership, burnout and mental health’ comes after the suicide of a prominent church leader and mental health advocate.